Welcome to the Algonkian Author Salon, a multifaceted fiction and nonfiction writer community for beginners, veteran writers and published authors, as well as literary agents in the commercial publishing business actively searching for projects and new voices in a variety of genres. Here at AAS, we tell the writer what works, what doesn't, and what needs to be developed further before an agent or publishing house editor shuts the door in their face.
There are no great writers, only great rewriters.
Upon becoming a member of the Algonkian Author Salon, you will receive the following benefits:
- The ability to engage in pitch sessions and get feedback from agents with major agencies.
- A project profile that cajoles you into methodically identifying and approaching all the major elements of your story foundation, premise, and narrative.
- Peer critique of your work based on categorical criteria and a requirement to justify responses, thus encouraging an atmosphere that disallows false praise and encourages honest feedback--followed by
AAS staff review prior to agent pitch sessions.
- Facebook-like social media features that facilitate effective interaction and community.
- A methodical, five-part Algonkian Author Salon series that features all the advanced and edge-setting craft technique you must understand and utilize in order to be competitive in the current book market. The series covers the four categories of "coverage" LISTED HERE and includes the first three course modules of the ALGONKIAN NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM, the 86-page Algonkian Study Guide (used at all workshops), and over two dozen original writer craft articles employing the Algonkian "model and context" approach.
- Up to 15% off any and all Algonkian Writer Conference events including the New York Pitch Conference.
- A 25% discount on the 16 Course ALGONKIAN NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM.
Notes On The Process
You may begin the registration process for the Algonkian Author Salon upon reading this page and taking our Thin Skin test below. If you wish to learn more about us, we recommend you first read the ABOUT PAGE. Regardless, the joining process is quite simple. As follows:
1. Take the brief tests below to make certain we are a fit for you and your goals--IMPORTANT.
2. Read our notes on FILLING OUT YOUR PROJECT PROFILE.
3. Print out the Profile Guide and review before filling out the profile that includes information on you and your novel or non-fiction.
4. Submit your profile and achieve pending status.
5. Upon acceptance from AAS staff (up to five working days), proceed with program registration (annual fee of $69.00 and no hidden or extra fees for pitching to literary agents or for full participation or use of the AAS website).
The profile was designed, tested, and approved by professionals in the business including agents and editors. We know it performs magnificently when it comes to showcasing your project. Just as importantly, the nature of it cajoles you into making important realizations about your project in terms of its quality on all levels.
The Thin Skin Test You Must Pass
Hell hath no fury like a thin-skinned writer with a needy manuscript.
In case you're not sure if your skin qualifies, we've developed a few skin test questions below you must ask yourself. We know they will dissuade certain writers from joining, and offend others, but we dearly hope to offend the right people. We desire to work exclusively with writers able to take fair and direct critique from their peers and the professionals at Algonkian Author Salon, and we also wish to avoid time-wasting instances of Offended Writer Syndrome (OWS) which often take place in writer workshops all across America.
Regardless, time to take THE THIN SKIN TEST:
- Has any writer ever prefaced their critique of your work by first saying to you, "Don't hate me, please?"
- Do you sense that writers who unfavorably critique your work are "loading the gun" and taking aim?
- Do you rush to defend your work when a reader gives you criticism rather than absorb and weigh it carefully?
- Do you feel a need to say unkind things about a writer's work if you perceive she or he was unkind to you first?
- Have you ever chastised any writer for what you consider to be improper or incorrect critique of your work?
- Have you ever been in writer workshops and reacted to criticism of your writing or story by demanding the other writer defend their decision in such detail that it served your purpose of making certain they never gave you unfavorable critique again?
- Do you receive critique you oppose in good humor, but routinely seek the negation of it from those you know will agree with your version of reality?
- Do you feel a bout of OWS coming on after reading the above questions?
If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, the Algonkian Author Salon is definitely not for you. However, if you have an epiphany and change of mind later on, please return and join us. We will welcome you. We promise.
But if you've passed the test, please proceed to read our notes on FILLING OUT YOUR PROJECT PROFILE.
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